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15 Nov 2019

Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board - launch safeguarding adults week and information video

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019 18th-24th November 2019 : Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board (CSAB) in collaboration with the National Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) Network, University of Nottingham and Ann Craft Trust will be working together to raise awareness of safeguarding and identified themes during this week of action. The aim is to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults - so they can be better, together.

There will be a different safeguarding theme each day with a 5-minute briefing providing further information and links to resources where you can learn more.

Please support us to raise awareness of abuse and neglect to safeguard adults at risk. Share information and follow us on social media; @cumbriasab #SafeguardingAdultsWeek

Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board have launched an information video which aims to explain safeguarding using easy to understand language. The video will be available on our website and will be a useful tool to increase and improve awareness of safeguarding.

For more information please read Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board 5 Minute Briefing : CSAB Launch Safeguarding Adults Week and Information Video


11 Nov 2019

Anti-Bullying Week resources

Anti-Bullying Week takes place on 11-15 November 2019. NSPCC Learning has made available resources to support activities including: information on protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying; podcasts on preventing bullying and keeping children safe; and online courses.

Source: NSPCC Learning Date: 31 October 2019

See NSPCC Learning : Anti-Bullying Week resources



6 Nov 2019

Together for Childhood

The NSPCC had published an evaluation of Together for Childhood, an evidence-informed approach that brings local partners and families together to make communities safer places for children. The initiative is in place in four areas: Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent, where the focus is on preventing sexual abuse; and Grimsby and Glasgow, where the focus is on preventing abuse in families facing adversity. Key learning points include: the importance of developing a shared vision; developing effective local governance and partnerships; the importance of community engagement; developing and delivering NSPCC programmes adapted to the local context; and being realistic about the time and resource required.

Source: NSPCC Date: 04 November 2019

Read the news story: Learning together

Read the report: Learning together: how collective learning has helped develop Together for Childhood, a place-based approach to preventing child abuse and neglect (PDF)



6 Nov 2019

Anti-Bullying Week resources

Anti-Bullying Week takes place on 11-15 November 2019. NSPCC Learning has made available resources to support activities including: information on protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying; podcasts on preventing bullying and keeping children safe; and online courses.

Source: NSPCC Learning Date: 31 October 2019

See NSPCC Learning: Anti-Bullying Week resources



6 Nov 2019

Safeguarding for charities and trustees

The Charity Commission has published updated guidance on safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees. The updated guidance includes: when to consider Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks; how to put policies and procedures into practice; and signposting to resources from organisations including the NSPCC.

Source: Department for Education Date: 22 October 2019

Read the blog: Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees: updates to guidance

Read the guidance: Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

See also on NSPCC Learning: Voluntary and community groups

Safeguarding and child protection standards for the voluntary and community sector



6 Nov 2019

Children and young peopleā??s mental health

Public Health England has published a series of reports summarising the evidence for the effectiveness of universal approaches to improving children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. The reports include: short descriptions of interventions identified from systematic reviews; a summary of findings and promising interventions; and a report of the findings of a special interest group which includes key findings and recommendations.

Source: Public Health England Date: 30 October 2019

Read the news story: Children and young people's mental health: prevention evidence

Read the reports: Short descriptions of interventions identified from the synthesis of systematic reviews (PDF)

Findings from the synthesis of systematic reviews (PDF)

Lay summary report of the synthesis of systematic reviews and grey literature review (PDF)

Methodology report of the synthesis of systematic reviews and grey literature review (PDF)

Narrative report of the synthesis of systematic reviews and grey literature review (PDF)

Report of the findings of a Special Interest Group (PDF)



11 Sep 2019

Safeguarding in education

The updated statutory guidance for safeguarding in schools and colleges, Keeping children safe in education 2019, has come into force. The guidance includes information on changes to local safeguarding children's boards (LSCBs) arrangements, the new relationships and sex education curriculum and schools' responsibilities regarding pupils at risk of engaging in serious crime. The NSPCC has updated their briefing outlining the changes introduced in the updated guidance.

Read the guidance: Keeping children safe in education

See also on NSPCC Learning - Keeping children safe in education: CASPAR briefing



11 Sep 2019

Inspecting safeguarding in schools

The new Education inspection framework (EIF) for schools in England, published by Ofsted, has come into force. Alongside this Ofsted has published detailed guidance for inspectors, including on inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills.

View the framework: Education inspection framework (EIF)

Read the guidance: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills



11 Sep 2019

Modern slavery

The Home Office has implemented a new digitised version of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to simplify and speed up referrals of potential victims of modern slavery in the UK. This is part of a package of reforms to speed up and improve NRM decision-making.

Read the press release: New system to simplify and speed up modern slavery referrals

Read the news story: Modern slavery referral system 'simplified' and made digital


22 Jul 2019

Safeguarding in voluntary and community groups: podcast

Over the summer, the NSPCC's child protection podcast is focussing on issues relevant to voluntary and community groups. The first episode provides an introduction to safeguarding for voluntary and community groups, including advice, tips and guidance on how to get policies and procedures in place and information about what training is available. These podcasts were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

Source: NSPCC Learning: Podcast: introduction to safeguarding Date: 22 July 2019

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Voluntary and community sector: keeping children safe



22 Jul 2019

Child sexual abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published findings from an analysis of personal accounts from victims and survivors of child sexual abuse made as part of the Truth Project. Findings from analysis of 2,894 personal accounts made in the period June 2016 to May 2019 include: 53% of victims and survivors reported that they experienced other forms of abuse in addition to sexual abuse; 45% reported that the sexual abuse was carried out by a family member; 85% of survivors told the Truth Project that the abuse had a negative impact on their mental health. IICSA has also published 60 new accounts of child sexual abuse from the Truth Project, as part of an anthology dedicated to survivor experiences in England and Wales.

Source: IICSA Date: 17 July 2019

Further information: Truth Project dashboard July 2019

Experiences shared

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Child abuse and neglect



22 Jul 2019

Child and adolescent wellbeing at school

The Department for Education (DfE) has published findings from research looking at the factors important for children and young people's wellbeing at school. The research used system mapping to capture the perceptions of 21 children and young people's practitioners. Key factors influencing children and young people's wellbeing include: the nature of the overall educational and school environment; the development of a range of appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal skills; and a stable and safe family environment.

Source DfE Date: 12 July 2019

Further information: A system mapping approach to understanding child and adolescent wellbeing (PDF)



17 Jun 2019

Draft domestic abuse bill

The Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill has published a report giving suggestions for amendments to the Bill, which will cover England and Wales. The report makes recommendations to ensure that children who witness or experience domestic abuse are treated as victims and provided with specialist support, including ensuring that children do not suffer any detriment when they are forced to move to a new area.

Source: Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill Date: 14 June 2019

Further information: Draft Domestic Abuse Bill: first report of session 2017-19 (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from domestic abuse



17 Jun 2019

Advocacy for children

The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report on advocacy provision for children in England. Findings include: a high proportion of the local authorities who returned figures to the Children's Commissioner did not know how many referrals and representations had been made to them for advocacy services; the highest spend per referral in 2018/19 was £ 3,018.84 while the lowest spend was £ 21.20; and the most common feedback from participants in a focus group of 43 12-25-year-olds with experiences of advocacy was that that advocates helped them resolve particular issues.

Source: The Children's Commissioner for England Date: 13 June 2019

Further information: Advocacy for children: children and young people's advocacy in England (PDF)



17 Jun 2019

Young people, social media and mental health

Barnardo's has published a report looking at what children, young people and practitioners say about the impact of social media on mental health and wellbeing and the social media experiences of vulnerable children in the UK. Findings from 80 Barnardo's practitioners include: 79% said that 11-15 year olds that they work with have found cyberbullying impacted their mental health and wellbeing. Case studies and focus groups with children and young people found that those with additional life challenges are more susceptible to the negative impacts of social media as they are more likely to experience isolation from friends and family.

Source: Barnardo's Date: 13 June 2019

Further information: Left to their own devices: young people, social media and mental health (PDF)

Guardian



17 Jun 2019

Infant mental health

An article by NSPCC Implementation manager Victoria Joel, published to mark Infant mental health awareness week, discusses how strong relationships can improve infant mental health. The article looks at evidence-based approaches developed by the NSPCC, including the Baby Steps perinatal education programme for vulnerable parents and Minding the Baby, an intensive home-visiting programme for disadvantaged young mothers under the age of 25, that have been found to strengthen the relationships between couples and between parents and practitioners, which in turn can have an impact on the mental health of very young children.

Source: Midwives information & resource service (Midirs) Date: 04 June 2019

Further information: How strong relationships can improve infant mental health (PDF)

Read more NSPCC Learning: Baby steps

Minding the baby



17 Jun 2019

Adverse childhood experiences

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published the government's response to the conclusions and recommendations made in the Health and Social Care Select Committee's 'First 1000 days of life' report, which emphasised the impact that exposure to adversity can have during this period. The response outlines actions the government will take in England including: implementing a continuity of carer model to help the most vulnerable mothers and babies and developing a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPH) standard.

Source: DHSC Date: 06 June 2019

Further information: First 1000 days of life (PDF)



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